I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words, comments and support. This lawsuit business is not a nice place to be but justice needs to be served and the truth needs to be known. Below is the official press release issued by my New York lawyer.
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Minden, Nevada – August 9, 2016: Robert “Bob” Daisley, one of the writers of the hit song “Crazy Train” and a former band mate of Ozzy Osbourne, filed suit yesterday against Osbourne and Blizzard Music Limited, seeking more than $2 million in unpaid royalties. The complaint was filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada in Douglas County. Daisley is represented by Crowell & Moring LLP and Snell & Wilmer LLP.
Daisley was one of the co-authors for songs on the famous hard rock albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Blizzard of Ozz reached multi-platinum status in the 1990s and featured well-known tracks, including “Crazy Train,” which is regularly heard today in sports arenas and featured in many television shows, commercials, and video games. For the past 35 years, the copyrights to the songs co-authored by Daisley have been administered by Osbourne and his affiliated companies in England and the United States, Blizzard Music Limited. The Complaint alleges that, although royalties have been paid to Daisley over the years, an audit conducted in 2014 showed that Osbourne and his company had been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before distributing royalties to Daisley and improperly withholding Daisley’s rightful share of royalties owed under the publishing agreements for the commercial exploitations of the songs.
“While Mr. Osbourne was benefitting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically shortchanging Mr. Daisley,” said Crowell & Moring partner Alan Howard, who represents Mr. Daisley. “Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated.”
The Complaint in part requests an award of monetary damages for harm alleged to have been caused by Osbourne and Blizzard Music Limited’s fraudulent conduct, as well as punitive damages. The complaint also requests an accounting of the books and records of Blizzard US and Osbourne.